Packers vs. Cowboys: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 15: Running back DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as cornerback Tramon Williams #38 inside linebacker A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers during a game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers stunned the world and defeated the Dallas Cowboys in one of the better football games you'll see played all season.

Final Score

Green Bay: 37

Dallas: 36

Green Bay Packers' Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseDA-
Run OffenseC-A-
Run DefenseDD-
Pass DefenseC-C+
Special TeamsCC+
vs. Cowboys Week 15

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: After getting off to a shaky start, Packers quarterback Matt Flynn got back to business in the second half. Finishing the game with 299 yards passing and four touchdowns, Flynn was finally able to take advantage of a weak Dallas defense and lead his Packers to victory.

Run Offense: Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been nothing short of brilliant this season. Racking up 141 yards rushing and a touchdown in Week 15, Lacy absolutely abused Dallas’ run defense with his bruising style of running.

Pass Defense: For all of their struggles early on, the Packers pass defense stepped up in the second half and gave this team a chance to win. Capped off by Tramon Williams’ dazzling interception late in the fourth quarter, it was a remarkable turnaround for this defense.

Run Defense: The Packers’ run defense had a rough showing in Week 15, surrendering 7.4 yards per carry to Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Luckily for them, Dallas called more passing plays than running plays in the second half.

Special Teams: While it wasn’t a spectacular day on special teams, Packers return man Micah Hyde had an impressive 26-yard punt return in the second half that led to points.

Coaching: Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did an incredible job of rallying his team. After falling behind 26-3 at halftime, the Packers came out scorching hot and completed one of the best comeback victories you will ever see.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 15:  Quarterback Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Unlike last week, Flynn has really had issues moving the football against the NFL’s 32nd-ranked pass defense. Whether you point to his issues with accuracy or his inability to read the defense, Flynn has looked incredibly flustered in the pocket.

Run Offense: Rushing for 31 yards on eight carries, Packers running back Lacy has been a victim of the poor performance of his offensive line. Without his offensive line generating any push, Lacy hasn’t had a chance to find his rushing lanes.

Pass Defense: Although they’ve only given up one passing touchdown in the first half, the Packers have struggled to slow down Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Whether he’s in the pocket or moving around, Romo has had plenty of time to launch the football downfield with ease.

Run Defense: Whenever Murray touched the football in the first half, it felt like a big play was coming. Giving up 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground, the Packers’ run defense has been absolutely annihilated at the line of scrimmage.

Special Teams: Aside from Packers kicker Mason Crosby hitting a 57-yard field goal early on, Green Bay’s special teams unit had a quiet showing in the first half.

Coaching: Not being able to move the football on a Dallas defense that is currently giving up 426.8 yards a game is a failure on all fronts. From the players on the field to the coaching staff, the Packers have to get things going if they harbor any hope of winning this football game.